Footie fun helps hospice

Milton Keynes charity champion Richard Banks and his footie supporters
Milton Keynes charity champion Richard Banks and his footie supporters

Football has taken centre stage in the latest fundraising efforts by a city charity champion.

Richard Banks, co-founder of designer bathroom supplier BathWorks in Bradwell Abbey, has a mission to raise £10,000 for Willen Hospice.

Willen FC Scorpions team.

Willen FC Scorpions team.

He had collecting buckets being filled at the 22nd Willen World Cup Football Tournament held at the Playing Fields, Portland Drive, in Willen which takes place every year in July.

The club, which was formed in 1989, has seen this 5 and 6-a-side competition become the premier youth football tournament in North Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas, and this year’s annual tournament attracted 162 teams and officials from 60 clubs around the UK.

BathWorks sponsors two U10 teams at Willen FC, the Willen Scorpions and the Willen Foxes. Richard helps coach his two boys Harry and Max helped by Doug Yates, founder of Willen FC, and Brian Woodruff.

Richard said: “All players and some parents from the U10 Scorpions helped raise £255 towards my fundraising total by taking their turn wearing the Willen hospice t-shirts and rattling collecting buckets.”

This was followed in early August by a kids and adults competition at the Power League Milton Keynes. A total of 27 people of all ages played and involved age groups U10s and U13s. Once again collecting buckets swelled the coffers by another £115 towards the total.

Richard said: “This was a great effort and a fun morning for everyone. I want to thank Matt and his team at the Power League Milton Keynes who donated two large pitches for two hours. Also McDonalds in Kingston who kindly donated meals for all the kids after the event. Football is a great family sport and I am so grateful for their continued support.”

BathWorks, which has been based in Milton Keynes since 2003, has formed a special charity partnership with Willen Hospice which provides specialist end of life care to local patients and support for their families.

Willen Hospice needs to raise £3.6 million a year to continue providing free care to all people affected by life limiting illness within the community. Visit www.willen-hospice.org.uk.

Richard’s Just Giving page currently stands at £2,660 raised and in October he will once again get on his bike for charity this time in the London to Milton Keynes ride. To support Richard visit www.bath-works.co.uk or www.just.giving.com/richard-banks5